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Scorching First Quarter Sends Canisius To 16-8 Victory in Bonnies Home Finale

The Bonnies honored the first graduating senior of their reborn men's lacrosse program, Michael Caulfield, prior to Tuesday's game. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
The Bonnies honored the first graduating senior of their reborn men's lacrosse program, Michael Caulfield, prior to Tuesday's game. (Photo: Scott Eddy)

ST.  BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — In the first-ever meeting for Little Three rivals Canisus and St. Bonaventure following the rebirth of the Bonnies men's lacrosse program, the Golden Griffins got the better of SBU in a 16-8 victory Tuesday night at the Marra Athletics Complex.

It was all Canisius early. The Griffs (7-5, 3-1) had a 9-0 advantage after the first quarter which included a hat trick from Jacob Buck. It was the Bonnies biggest deficit during a single quarter all season. 

Despite the tough start, the Bonnies (0-11, 0-6) were able to bounce back in the second. 

Cian Collins got St. Bonaventure on the board with 10:34 left before halftime with an unassisted goal from deep. It was the first of two on the day for the Corning, NY native leaving him with 10 on the season. 

Austin Blumbergs added the Bonnies' second just three minutes later when he fired a long shot and connected on his 10th goal of the year. 

Canisius scored once more before half to take a 10-2 lead into the break

The second half started much like the first. The Griffs began on a 4-0 run that included two man-up goals, one on a three-man advantage for the Griffins, to extend their lead to a game-high 12. 

The Bonnies got back on the board late in the third when John Killcommons struck after a feed from Sean Westley set him up with a clean look right in front of the crease. 

It was Killcommons' eighth goal and third in his three home games after posting two goals against  Detroit Mercy in the inaugural game at the Marra Complex last month. 

For Westley, he recorded his team-leading 13th assist and his sixth game with at least one helper. 

That goal began a solid scoring run for the Bonnies to end the game. Over the last 16 minutes, St. Bonaventure closed on a 6-2 scoring run that included goals from Westley, Collins, Blumbergs, Matthew DeGirolamo and Dominic Madlang

It was DeGirolamo's team-leading 14th point and Madlang's third goal. 

The Bonnies had their best game of the season from the face-off X. The Bonnies set a program record with 10 face-off wins on their 27 attempts. All 10 wins came via freshman Jack Almond who was 10 for 19 on the night. 

The Bonnies also kept up with the Griffs in terms of total shots, only being outshot 37-34, though Canisius held a 26-17 in shots on goal. 

In net, Brett Dobson earned the start, but lasted just 12 minutes while facing a barrage of Griffs shots. They fired off 12, 10 on net against the freshman, and scored eight goals. He was replaced by Ben Mazur, who finished out the final 48 minutes and made seven saves while facing 16 shots. 

The Bonnies head on the road for their final two games of their inaugural season, with a visit to Lehigh on April 13 before finishing at Marist on the 16th. 

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